What is coaching?
And is it right for you?
Coaching is an unbiased process used to increase your self-awareness to facilitate more conscious decision-making, so you feel empowered to shape your decisions into forward and organized actions.
Let’s start with what coaching isn’t.
While Coaching may appear to overlap with similar professions, there are a few clear distinctions to be made.
The professional services that are most commonly mistaken for, or offered under the guise of, coaching are Consulting, Mentoring, and Therapy.
Consultants – typically tend to provide solutions to situations they’ve been called in to resolve. They will have specific ideas regarding how to solve the situation and the solutions will typically gravitate towards a product or service they provide. Their suggestions, therefore, are often driven by a personal agenda, which may or may not be of best service to the client.
Mentors – are people who have ‘been there and done that’, they have accomplished the same goals you are striving for and can share with you how they did it. They can provide a ‘rinse and repeat’ method that may prove helpful. They may or may not be able to provide suggestions regarding how you might adjust the approach to fit your strengths and specific context.
Therapists – can feel the most like coaches; however, the fundamental difference lies is how you are measured. Therapy assumes there is a need for you to be ‘fixed’, it measures your situation against certain standards to establish your emotional and psychological health. There is a stronger focus on the past to unpack and resolve old issues.
So what is coaching and why is it so powerful?
Why do I need a coach?
The people close to you have an agenda and you
have blind spots. A coach will have neither.
When inquiring about what coaching is, you’ll often find statements such as ‘coaching is asking powerful questions so individuals can discover their own answers’ or ‘empowering people to repeatedly develop solutions of their own’ and the argument I often hear as a coach is … well, if I have to come up with own solution, why do I need a coach? Why not just reach out to a trusted friend or colleague or figure it out by myself?
I am a Certified Coach and use an extremely effective methodology that:
Creates long-term solutions, not just Band-Aid fixes
Gives you greater awareness of how you think, feel, and act
Helps you perform better and accomplish greater results with less effort
Enables you to reduce stress by changing your reaction to circumstances
Empowers you to be at the cause of your life, instead of its effect
Sets the stage for sustainable change
Are you ready for coaching?
It might seem strange to ask yourself if you are ready for a coach when it’s their job to help you succeed, but a coach will only take you as far as you’ll let them.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being not right now and 10 being yes, absolutely):
Are you ready to bring real, positive change to your life?
Are you prepared to overcome self-defeating behaviors?
Are you willing to be challenged?
Are you ready to create and take actions to achieve your goals?
Are you willing to be vulnerable?
Are you ready to increase your self-confidence and self-motivation?
Are you ready to accept responsibility for your success and happiness?
Are you willing to make the time commitment for each session without distractions?
Add up your answers.
If you scored from:
0 to 30 Coaching is not for you right now.
31 to 60 Coaching could help you look at your life from a different viewpoint and help you develop a plan to bring lasting change; however, if you decide to work with a coach now, you should decide and commit that you will take the necessary action for your benefit, or you will not make life-changing improvements.
Over 60 You are probably already moving forward on designing the life and career/business you want and deserve. A coach can help you cruise across the finish line!